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Learning & Planning Tools

Whether you are starting or developing your business, there are always opportunities to learn and grow.  In addition to the free services available from the Orangeville & Area SBEC, business owners may want to connect with the free resources below for relevant and helpful tools.

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. An Entrepreneur’s Toolkit provides business assessment and financial tools to help you successfully manage, grow and promote your business. Templates and guides can help businesses create marketing plans, sales forecasts, and sales proposals. Webinars and courses cover a wide range of relevant topics.

To support businesses through COVID-19, BDC has published COVID-19: Seven steps to sustain your business through the disruption.

Digital Main Street

The Digital Main Street Program offers free resources for all businesses that are looking to adopt digital technology.  A wide selection of tools, how-to guides and tutorials provides insight into topics such as digital marketing, social media, customer management systems and much more.

LinkedIn Learning (now LinkedIn Learning) is an online learning platform and is available at no charge to every Orangeville Public Library card holder. Over 15,000 courses are accessible at any time and are taught by industry experts.  The free resource can be used by both individuals and businesses as a convenient way to acquire or upgrade skills.